Whether you are new to nutrition or a seasoned(pun intended) veteran...chances are you have checked out at least one nutrition tracking app! With so many on the market, it's sometimes hard to find one that is right for you. So, we have put together a side-by-side comparison of three of our favorite tracking apps: (1) MyFitnessPal, (2) MyMacros+ and (3) Lose It!
For purposes of this comparison, we have used only the cheapest options - although they also come with premium versions that have additional functionality. While they all have their pro's and con's, the best app for you is going to be the one you feel most comfortable using and will be able to actually use long term!
Again, which you choose will be based on which you are most comfortable using and what you see yourself using long term! Each app has it's pro's and con's...but here is a recap of the chart and some additional things to think about!
The most common thing people like about MyFitnessPal is the user friendly experience and the robust food database. One thing to keep in mind though is that the database, although expansive, is user entered and can be prone to errors. It is not uncommon for food in the database to have the correct macros but the calories to be entered incorrectly.
Entering in macronutrients can be done, but is not as precise as MyMacros+. MyFitnessPal allows you to select ratios for macros - which can be set pretty close to your goals but may be off by 5-10 grams.
Given the apt name, this app is the most "macro-focused" of the bunch. It features a nice and easy to read macro goals on the top and center of the home-screen, making it very easy to see your remaining macros for the day. Users commonly complain about the database being lackluster. But, this is offset by the ability to "quick-add" macros for a meal.
Lose It! is very calorie based and a great starting point for someone that has never tracked food before. Users typically like the easy-to-use interface and good food database. The biggest drawback of this app is many of the features included in MyFitnessPal and MyMacros+ are shielded behind the premium version of the app.